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Really Awful Movies: Ep 97 – Crap of the Week: Island of the Fishmen and Creatures from the Abyss

Two aquatic-themed Italian creature feature horrors. Which is odd, as we didn’t plan it.

In this episode, a regular feature of the Really Awful Movies Podcast we call CRAP OF THE WEEK, we discuss movies one of us has seen and the other hasn’t and vice versa.

Against all odds, two very similar something fishy movies, Island of the Fishmen, a 1979 Italian adventure action horror film directed by Sergio Martino (best known for the notorious The Mountain of the Cannibal God) and 1994’s Creatures from the Abyss, aka Plankton, by Al Passeri. We chat about the former’s similarity to Island of Dr. Moreau, its Voodoo chicken rituals, missing and marooned French soldiers, a subplot involving the Lost City of Atlantis and of course, some nefarious experiments carried out by a diabolical doctor.

Creatures from the Abyss features kids who go missing on a dinghy and hop aboard a research vessel in the open seas, which turns out to be abandoned – its occupants having left in great haste, save for one, a lab assistant frothing at the mouth. They quickly happen upon nefarious experiments (naturally) and boy do things go nuts thereafter.

Two complementary companion pieces, two nutso fish-human hybrid attack movies. Check ’em out.

Really Awful Movies: Ep 85 – Crappy Movies of the Week


Anthrophagus is in the Italian cannibal genre, an outputting one to many. Director Joe D’Amato is responsible for this one, as well as many of the Emanuelle exploitation movies.

And he was a busy man. He made 200 films, many of which are…in the adult genre.

Anthrophagus was on the Video Nasties list in the UK, deemed too extreme to release. Does it live up to the hype?


Also on the show, a discussion about the James Dickey novel Deliverance, and Rituals, a Canadian variant on the infamous Ned Beatty movie.

Instead of four guys in a Georgia gorge (say that three times fast), Canadian doctors go on a fishing trip. And they face something equally as terrifying in Northern Ontario. Also known as The Creeper, this 1977 production actually features legit actors, notably, the legendary Hal Halbrook.

And it’s not crap! Quite the contrary!